By Thomas Lyons
Put all the glitz and glamour to one side. Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis proved himself as an elite fighter last night, defeating Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar in devastating fashion to win the WBA ‘Super’ Super-Featherweight title on the Broner-Vargas undercard. Cuellar made a positive start but was made to miss with some effective counters coming back from Davis and calculated his shots, snapping the head of Cuellar with a strong jab and landing the uppercut when Cuellar was dragged in.
Cuellar was dropped in the second with a brutal left to the body and Davis continued to target the body with an outstanding repertoire of shots, having a telling effect. The end came after ‘Tank’ turned on the gas in the final thirty seconds of the third with a barrage of brutal body shots, dropping Cuellar twice in quick succession before the referee waved it off after the third knockdown.
With the fame comes the flashy and flamboyant side of Davis, who had been under a lot of scrutiny about his discipline before making his return to the ring, but made the 130lb limit comfortably this time around and the Baltimore star meant business in there against Cuellar who had decent credential coming into the fight with Davis, only having lost twice before and challenged Abner Mares for the WBA Featherweight title.
With the Linares-Lomachenko showdown in a few weeks time, Davis will be determined to reproduce these type of performances to put him in a healthy position when making the unification fights happen and targeting the pound-for-pound best fighters out there.